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ISSIMO’s Guide to Sardegna

The  serenity of Sardegna

Beautiful beaches, enchanting archaeology, delicious cuisine and incredible culture, Sardegna has always been able to give every traveler what he seeks and desires in serenity, relaxation and wellness as well as adventure, entertainment and culture. A dream land suspended between sky, sea and mountains, Sardegna’s true gift is her fatal beauty and her multifaceted personality.

Stintino, La Pelosa: one step from paradise

Located in the extreme north-western tip of the island, La Pelosa Beach in Stintino constantly ranks in the top ten of Italian and international beaches. We like to say it’s the maximum expression of the creative genius of nature, a pearl of the Sardo coast set between the stacks of Capo Falcone, the Piana and Asinara islands, a national park and protected environment). The fine sand is bright white and the sea with blue reflections with turquoise and emerald reflections give the visitor a paradisiacal view, adorned and embellished by the scents and colors of the Mediterranean scrub and by the imperious rise of the Aragonese tower of the Pelosa islet.

A former tiny fishing port, the  town of Stintino is a popular tourist destination. Here you can visit the Museo della Tonnara, a museum dedicated to preserving Stintino’s historic tuna traditions.

The jewel Jerzu

A small town perched in the mountains in the east, Jerzo has always linked to the winemaking tradition, and over time it has established itself as the cradle of Cannonau DOC di Jerzu, the highest vine expression of its land. This unique and superb wine is the main protagonist of a renowned event, the Jerzu Wine Music Festival, an acclaimed event usually celebrated during the first two weeks of August where guests taste centuries-old food and wine knowledge and culinary heritage. Unmissable.

Jerzo Wine Festival

Natural beauties La Maddalena and Caprera

La Maddalena and nearby islands are national park and an archipelago of great charm and splendor, an inestimable naturalistic treasure. Caprera, one of the most important islands of the archipelago, is connected to La Maddalena by a bridge and was home to Italy’s foremost founding father Giuseppe Garibaldi until his death. Casa Garibaldina shares a unique glimpse into Garibaldi’s life and passions, and is one of the most visited museums dedicated to the memory of him in Italy. After visiting, explore Caprera’s coves –Cala Coticcio, the ‘Sardinian Tahiti’, Cala Portese and Spiaggia del Relitto, meanwhile the historic center of La Maddalena is full of alleys and stairways. Of course, you’ll have to stop in Piazza Garibaldi, epicenter of nightlife and hub of the island’s gastronomy.

Relict beach (spiaggia del relitto) in Caprera island, Archipelago of La Maddalena in Sardinia, Italy

Sardo Cuisine

Sardegna has always been renowned for the richness and uniqueness of its colors, aromas, flavors, and thanks to literal insulatrity, Sardegna enjoys a unique gastronomic variety.  The dishes of Sardo cuisine conquer the heart and the palate of everyone because they are the result of centuries-old knowledge and the goodness of the typical products of a harsh and wild but incredibly genuine and true land.  Raw materials, typical products as well as traditional Sardinian cuisine and dishes differ according to the area considered, namely the coastal and inland areas, divided between mountains and plains, which means every dish and product follows the peculiarities of the territory varying considerably from one town to the next.

Visiting the coast, you can delight yourself with the freshest blue fish like the famous burrida (catfish marinated in vinegar, parsley and walnuts) and the succulent Burrida (catfish) in  Cagliari’s marina, without forgetting the spaghetti with bottarga di Sardinian mullet, or a Catalan lobster admiring the Alghero seafront.

Continuing inland, the scent of the salt and the blue shimmer of the sea gives way to the gentle hills and rugged and imposing mountains. You can enjoy the tastiest and most delicious meats and cheeses sitting on the porch of a typical house in the mountains of the Nuorese countryside. This enchanting landscape is renowned for its flourishing pastures rich in biodiversity that give unique sensory characteristics to the various products of the Sardinian table: the Fiore Sardo DOP cheese, a cornerstone of the cheese making of the island tradition, the countless Sardinian breads such as Carasau bread or su Coccoi, without forgetting the delicious roast suckling pig, su porceddu.

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